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Is a Denon 2312ci Receiver overkill for the klipsch HD500 surround sound package?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
I have both right now and got them both for good deals online...this is for my living room.

I know the klipsch is 5.1 and the denon is 7.1 and I believe its even more power then the klipsch say they handle but not sure.

Should I just keep what I have or sell the denon and get like an onkyo 509 or something with less power and a 5.1?

post #2 of 7
The amp section on the Denon is not "overkill." There is nothing wrong with a little headroom. It may have more features than you need, but that's for you to decide. Read the first few posts on the link and this will explain the differences between the Denons in their model line up.

post #3 of 7
Looks like a great receiver. I've been happy with Denons for many years. To me, they don't sound like anything, which is a virtue. If you're happy with the price, enjoy! Should future-proof you for a very long time.
post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 
Ok thanks I will just keep it....here is another question though...I have my main HT room downstairs and in that I am using a Onkyo sr806 to power some focal speakers (7.1)....any benefit moving the denon down to my main room and using the onkyo upstairs?

post #5 of 7
Those are two nice receivers. After a quick look, the Onk has more rated power and is THX certified. The Denon is obviously newer, is 3-D ready(if that matters), has Network capability, but most importantly, has a better version of Audyssey (Multi EQ XT).

If I were you, I'd use the Denon with your HT room downstairs. The Multi EQ XT would be the deciding factor for me. If you find that you are really missing the extra power the Onk provided, you could always switch back.
post #6 of 7
I'm running a Klipsch HD-500 7.2 system in my bedroom with a Denon AVR-3311. The Klipsch HD-500 system is just 5.1, but I picked up two extra speakers and an extra subwoofer on ebay for a very reasonable price. I have less than 400 bucks in the whole speaker system. It sounds great. Those two little subwoofers side by side in my bedroom are fierce. Having the two extra speakers in the back also really helps to better fill the room with music.

I would be careful about turning up the tiny speakers too loud. They will blow. That's why there are always HD-500 grilles for sale on ebay. lol The speakers are sealed. There is no way to repair them, so once they're dead, they're dead. That being said, before I hooked up the HD 500 system to the 3311, I had them hooked up to an old Denon AVR-3802, it was just as powerful, probably a little moreso, than the 3311. I haven't had any issues with the HD-500 speakers with either receiver. You just have to use some common sense.

I upgraded my 3311 to a 4311. I wanted to add front wides to create a 9.1 system in my living room. The 3311 got moved to the bedroom. I have a five year warranty on the 3311. I just couldn't part with it for a few hundred dollars. The 3802 is going into retirement. It has served me well.

You are right though, there is no reason to have that much power to push such tiny speakers. It's like powering a Honda Civic with Jet Fuel. A much smaller receiver would sound just as good except you might not get Audyssey with a smaller, cheaper unit. In which case, unless you paid for a professional installer to calibrate it for you, the smaller unit probably wouldn't sound anywhere near as good.

One last thing. Be sure to set the crossover frequency to 150, like it says in the manual that comes with the HD-500 system. Then they won't have to handle much bass at all.
Edited by thevolumnus - 1/20/13 at 8:52am
post #7 of 7
I've got a hunch both of you will upgrade to much better speakers eventually since you have such nice receivers.
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